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Some Kansans face frustrations with stimulus-payments sent to wrong account

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:29 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Over the next 10 days, the IRS will continue to send out stimulus payments to millions of Americans. Many have already received the $600 payments, but others are finding out that their payments were sent to the wrong bank account. On Tuesday (Jan. 5), Eyewitness News spoke with Kansans who say this happened to them. They say they are confused, panicked and worried that their stimulus checks were sent to strangers. Eyewitness News learned that is likely not the case and the money should be coming soon.

James Spark and Jennifer Corwell-Pugh are among Kansans whose stimulus checks were sent to the wrong account.

“I was angry. There’s a lot of people who need that money, including myself,” Spark said.

Crowell-Pugh worried the money she’s expecting was gone.

“It says it should’ve been deposited (Monday), but it went into a different account,” she said. “...I thought it went into a stranger’s account.”

It was a similar situation for many who file taxes through H&R Block and TurboTax. H&R Block on Monday tweeted a statement, saying this can happen if you chose a refund transfer in 2019.

“These stimulus payments, based on tax-return information, while they’re supposed to go to the taxpayer, the end client, they’re being sent to this account that the tax preparer has some control or affiliation with,” Market Tax Services CPA Joshua Cicora said. “And so the payments have a bit of a lag to them. It’s particularly painful right now because so many people are needing this money.”

Basically, the IRS sent stimulus payments to an H&R Block account. Now, H&R Block must send those payments back so that the IRS can deposit them into people’s correct accounts. That money should come the same way that you received your 2019 tax return.

Those who faced the initial worry about not seeing the money say they are relieved to hear the explanation. Those who still haven’t received their second stimulus check can check its status on the Get My Payment Portal. You should also check your mail, just in case the IRS doesn’t have your direct deposit information.

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